The International Boxing Association (AIBA) confirmed today that Glasgow 2014 will be the first Commonwealth Games to have Women’s Boxing included in its sports programme.
The decision was made on Friday 28 September at the Commonwealth Games Federation’s General Assembly in Kampala (Uganda), just a few weeks after women’s boxing made its triumphant debut at the Olympic Games in London.
“I am delighted that the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have added women’s boxing to its sports programme”, stated Dr Ching-Kuo Wu, AIBA President. “After the resounding success of the London 2012 Olympic Games, where women’s boxing was one of the star attractions, our fans will once again be treated to something truly special.
“This inclusion demonstrates the continued growth in popularity of women’s boxing that I wish to continue promoting even further. Women boxers have reached world-class levels over the last couple of years and the Commonwealth Games will be another opportunity for these athletes to showcase their talents”.
There will be medals and titles at stake in three weights, as at the 2012 Olympic Games in London : fly-weight (48-51kg), light-weight (57-60kg) and middle-weight (69-75kg) and among the Northern Ireland squad there with high hopes are such as St George’s Christine Gargan , Nicole Meli of Immaculata. Michaela Walsh from the Holy Family BC and Sarah Close of Abbey BC. Meli, Walsh and Close were on the medal podium for the bronze medals at the 2nd European Youth and Junior championships (2010) in Calais- Sangatte whilst Gargan claimed silver at the Junior 46kg event then. Of course with only three weight classes in Glasgow, each country will only be allowed one competitor per weight.
Glasgow 2014 has worked pro-actively with the Commonwealth Games Federation and the International Boxing Association to develop this opportunity for female athletes, and David Grevemberg, chief executive of Glasgow 2014, said: “Glasgow 2014 is proud to include women’s boxing as part of our sports programme for the Games. As London 2012 demonstrated, women’s boxing has elite athletes from across the world, including strong representation from across the Commonwealth.”
“As an Organising Committee we are delighted to be delivering an inclusive Games with more opportunities for women and Para-sport athletes.”
“I’m delighted that women’s boxing will be among the sports on the programme of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, following the decision today by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth Games Federation to endorse the Organising Committee’s proposal,” said Prince Tunku Imran, President of the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF)
“We saw at London 2012 that the Commonwealth’s Women boxers are the among the best in the world, and I applaud Glasgow 2014′s hard work towards securing a Games which demonstrates our shared commitment to gender equity and fairness.”
The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will take place between 23 July and 3 August, so plenty of time yet for some additional Northern Ireland boxers to make their mark.